Goran Pandev admits he and Napoli have many reasons to be motivated for tonight’s trip to Lazio. “I did not leave President Claudio Lotito on good terms.”
The Macedonian scored 48 goals for Lazio over five seasons before a bitter legal battle that saw him frozen out for six months.
He eventually won his lawsuit and had the contract terminated, allowing him to join Inter on a free transfer.
“Of course the game with Lazio is particularly meaningful for me,” confessed Pandev.
“I had wonderful years in Rome and left behind many friends, giving my all for this shirt. I don’t know how the fans will greet me, as they are always unpredictable.
“I did not leave President Lotito on good terms. Those were the most difficult months of my life and career. It’s water under the bridge now and I don’t want to go back over it anymore.”
His Napoli teammates are also fired up at the Stadio Olimpico, as this is a head-to-head for second place and another section of the title race.
“The game with Lazio is an important step for us, as it is worth far more than a Champions League play-off.
“We must win to put pressure on Juventus and send a strong signal to the whole League. Lazio are strong even without Miroslav Klose and, after two consecutive defeats, will be eager to prove themselves.”
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